In the hollow where water remains 
2014
graphite print/drawing, framed (54 x 40 cm), engraved text (43.5 x 35 cm), light panel
text: Marianna Christofides, Bernd Bräunlich
In the hollow where water remains  In the hollow where water remains  In the hollow where water remains 

In an interview with her uncle in 2008 during the shooting of the film April in Cyprus he was recounting the story of a single breadfruit tree in a moist hollow amidst the dust plain of Mesaoria. The fruit would be carved into toys – lorries and tanks – by the children in the 30s.
His rather incidental question about how this tree may have come to the island would become the stimulus for the work l'histoire d'histoire d'une histoire. There the voice-over begins: “I want to find a story. A story in images. Images that carry with them a sense of arrival and onward journey – trace a path, become movement. To search for images which steer sight towards a threshold.”
Christofides “found” the “missing” image in a press photo of the Continental Airlines that was taken in 1971 in Hawaii. The place of remembrance itself lies today unreachable within the restricted military zone in the north of Cyprus. There, scattered in the olive groves one finds bulbous stones from which a rare pigment is won. It is used in icon painting on Mount Athos in Greece – the Cypriot Green Earth. Its winning is, due to today's political situation, difficult and therefore the pigment is available only in small quantities.
The artist applies it as the first layer in the print. A part of the (hi)story permeates the work as a medium in its actual materiality.